The Sacramento Kings used a strong fourth quarter to push past the Cleveland Cavaliers and move their win streak to three games.
On the strength of a 33-point fourth quarter, the Sacramento Kings were able to push past the Cavs, despite not being able to pull away early in the game.
It was a back and forth affair, as the Sacramento Kings opened the night with a 30-point first quarter, before allowing the Cavs to respond with a 39-point second quarter. That’s essentially how the game went until the fourth for the Kings: pushing out to a small lead before letting it slip away again.
The Kings started out strong, jumping out to a 24-9 lead en route to a 12-point lead in the first, up 38-26. That lead didn’t last long, however, as the Cava mounted a quick comeback behind the play of Jordan Clarkson and Collin Sexton, ending the first half tied with Sacramento at 66.
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The third quarter kept things close, with the Kings building small leads, but unable to break it open, ending the third up 96-89. The fourth, is where the Kings put an end to the game early and emphatically. Sacramento immediately went on a 12-4 run to open the fourth, before running up a 122-97 lead and eventually closing out a win, 129-110.
Player of the Game
This wasn’t a difficult choice. After posting 30 points, two rebounds, 12 assists and two steals on 12-16 shooting and finishing as a +30, De’Aaron Fox was the easy choice for tonight’s Player of the Game Award.
Fox did it all from start to finish. After ending the first quarter with seven points and four assists, Fox kept up his strong play throughout and powered the Kings to a win in this one. When things started to stagnate on offense for Sacramento, Fox bailed them out every time and was instrumental in tonight’s win.
He also added some highlight plays to an already incredible season, with a half-court alley-oop and crafty layup leading the way.
Next Up: Sacramento Kings (13-11) at Indiana Pacers (14-10), Dec. 8 at 7 p.m.